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IBM Performance 2012 - Huntington Beach
May 8, 2012


Keynote:  Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Keynote: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Paul DePodesta, The New York Mets VP of Player Development and Scouting, Entrepreneur & Subject of Moneyball

Paul DePodesta has made a career out of evaluating, measuring, and assigning value to talent. Currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets and a former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, DePodesta first made his mark as part of the Oakland A's organization in the early 2000s, where he teamed with GM Billy Beane to use a highly analytical approach called "sabermetrics" to assemble a competitive baseball team on a shoestring budget.

Michael Lewis documented the A's remarkable success under the Beane-DePodesta team in his New York Times best-seller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book has appealed not just to baseball fans, but also with business leaders looking for new approaches to stagnant systems. Overhauling, rather than merely tweaking the thought processes behind an outdated organization is essential for innovation and success, something DePodesta knows better than most. At the podium, the Harvard-educated executive discusses the innovative strategies he has used to create winning teams, as well as the application of those strategies in the federal government.